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6:00 PM on 08.29.2014

Ridley Scott addresses Exodus: Gods and Kings' White cast

Casting in Hollywood has always been predominantly White. You can argue about certain stars or certain roles, but that's the cold, hard truth. Regardless of the film, the leads have always been a certain race, and in a perfec...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 08.29.2014

I'm Kickstarting a short film, and you're coming with me

Sometimes a particularly scathing review is met with some version of "Oh yeah? Let's see you do better." While I don't think it's a valid non-argument, it's an interesting thought. But if you have ever felt that way after re...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

2:00 PM on 08.29.2014

Pierce Brosnan's best and worst since Bond

We all know that that the apex of any actor's career is playing James Bond. Well, that's what us Bond fans like to think anyway, but after leaving the role did you know that Bond actors continue to act -- even ones not named ...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 08.29.2014

Some Like It Hot: Eva Green

Eva Green has definitely made herself known these past few years, and with good reason. Regardless of the overall quality of the project she's attached to, she's not one to slack. She gives her all in every performance as I'v...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 08.29.2014

First trailer for Rosewater, directed by Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart, most known as the guy who got stabbed in the eye in The Faculty and the guy weird bangs in Death to Smoochy (also for hosting The Daily Show, I guess), is ready to showcase his directorial debut, Rosewater, base...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 08.28.2014

Trailer: Foxcatcher

Yay, a new Foxcatcher trailer! Is anybody as excited for this film as I am? Between my love of Channing Tatum, Steve Carrell, and Mark Ruffalo, the dreary atmosphere, and incredibly intense subject matter, I am ecstatic for ...

Sean Walsh

3:00 PM on 08.28.2014

First possible look at Doctor Doom in new Fantastic Four

We'll of course preface this with the fact that these are leaked images and thus may not be real at all, though someone would have to go to some lengths to pull this off. These are supposedly images from the set of the new Fa...

Matthew Razak



Review: The November Man photo
Review: The November Man
by Matthew Razak

The fact that Pierce Brosnan was returning to spy movies pretty much made me one of the most excited people around. The November Man would be a harder, R-rated James Bond with some good action and maybe a little throwback feel to the spy films of the 90s. I'd be quite happy with even the most mediocre of old-school thrillers with that set up.

It says a lot that I am not happy with this movie at all, not even with Pierce Brosnan.

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The Simpsons Movie is not very good  photo
The Simpsons Movie is not very good
by Nick Valdez

I don't think I'll ever be able to properly explain how big of an influence The Simpsons has had on my life. Rather than learn any useful skills, go out on dates with cute girls, or have a social life in general, I watched episodes of The Simpsons. When I was through with a season, I'd buy more on DVD and watch them again. Basically, I've invested at least 60-65% of my 25 year run into this show. 

That's why The Simpsons Movie was a huge disappointment. Not because I'm a fan who wanted more (I saw this in theaters five times when it originally released), but because I've gotten a fancy education and look at films in a different light. Sure The Simpsons Movie has some good gags and gets a lot of credit for being better than the recent glut of seasons when it released, but it's just not a good movie. 

Watching it again, I can't defend it like I used to. 

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10:00 AM on 08.28.2014

Here are some rebel character posters for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

So these posters for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (out November 21st) are neat as they finally show off Cressida (who manages all the propaganda in the book), but I DON'T KNOW WHO THE REST OF THESE PEOPLE ARE. Enjoy!  [via Wired]

Nick Valdez





6:00 PM on 08.27.2014

GOG.com adds DRM free documentaries to its library

A while back, Valve's Steam service added Indie Game: The Movie to its library. It was an odd choice, and a lot of people expected it might set some kind of precedent. It didn't. Only a couple of other films have been ad...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

4:00 PM on 08.27.2014

Trailer for Whiplash starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons

Whoa, why hasn't anyone told me about Whiplash? Starring J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller, as a jazz student and incredibly harsh teacher, Whiplash looks like it's going to be one of my favorites this year if the rest of it is ...

Nick Valdez



Rumor: Warner Bros has a
Rumor: Warner Bros has a "no jokes" policy for its DC comics movies
by Nick Valdez

Folks, superhero movies are dumb. I don't care how many famous actors fill the roles, how many Oscars you think a performance should get, how many famous directors take on the stories, or how gritty each series is, superhero movies will always involve folks in speedo jumpsuits punching each other into explosions or something along those lines. It's when you forget how inherently dumb each property is that you'll run into trouble.

According to Drew McWeeny at HitFix: 

Last week was about the fifth time I've heard that there is a mandate at Warner Bros. regarding any of the DC superhero films in development, and it's very simple and direct and to the point.

"No jokes."

What? While it explains the stupidly serious photos of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman in the rain, it seems like a terrible direction for WB's nine (NINE) DC comics films going forward. Sure the reasoning is admittedly business sound (apparently it's because Green Lantern, full of jokes, bombed), but having all of these movies be all same-y and serious is a bad, bad idea. Remember Man of Steel? Oy. 

What do you all think? Ready for the gloomy guses?

[via HitFix]

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12:00 PM on 08.27.2014

Check out this weird Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles concept art

I finally caught Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for myself the other day and it's not that bad. It's not that good either, but if any of those early rumblings had come to pass (alien turtles, military general Shredder, Casey Jo...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 08.27.2014

Trailer for The Pyramid is yet another found footage movie

With Halloween just around the corner, we're going to run the gamut of horror films that all want that your hard earned candy money (I don't know how Halloween works). So we'll try our best to only tell you about the distinc...

Nick Valdez

9:00 AM on 08.27.2014

Inferno starts shooting in April with Tom Hanks

Dan Brown's Robert Langdon may have inspired two massive blockbusters, but it has been very long time since we've heard anything about the third film in the series, Inferno. It is, of course, still going to be made with Ron H...

Matthew Razak

5:00 PM on 08.26.2014

Brawn vs. Brainless: Lionsgate picks up Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie film 'Maggie'

Arnold Schwarzenegger has fought a lot of things in his heyday: predators, mercenaries, illegitimate children, Satan, kindergartners, robots, and even mutants on Mars. One thing that he hasn't battled, to my knowledge, is a z...

Sean Walsh

3:00 PM on 08.26.2014

Blade Runner 2 script is finished, brings back Harrison Ford

We've been hearing about the Blade Runner sequel for nigh on forever now, but it looks like one giant hurdle has been leaped: the screenplay is finished. Ridley Scott told EW as much while also telling them that it was "...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 08.26.2014

UPDATE: Check out this cool Guardians of the Galaxy concept art

UPDATE: We've got more concept art! This time, it's Andy Park's work on Nebula and Gamora's designs. All cooooool stuff.  Are you still hooked on a feeling a few weeks after Guardians of the Galaxy's release? Then do I h...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 08.26.2014

Red Band Trailer for As Above, So Below is above and also below

Opening later this week, I'm pretty interested in As Above, So Below. Although I don't like the title, I've always wanted someone to utilize that giant grave site under the streets of France for some kind of horror thriller. It may look a bit more generic than I initially thought, but I'm hoping the setting helps alleviate some of that feeling.  As Above So Below releases August 29th. 

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 08.26.2014

Trailer for sasquatch film Exists, uh, exists

When I don't know how to react to a trailer I'm posting here, I like to rely on the running joke "Trailer for [Movie] exists." And I'd like to take the film, Exists, for completely throwing that joke out.  Anyway, ...

Nick Valdez





6:00 PM on 08.25.2014

Hey everyone, let's talk about Frank Miller!

So...Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is definitely a thing that exists. Whether or not it's good doesn't matter anymore since it bombed pretty hard this past weekend. As always with Flixist Community Discusses, I want to get som...

Nick Valdez